Antarctica’s so-called “glacier at the end of the world” is melting.
A group of scientists warned that Antarctica’s so-called “glacier at the end of the world” is unexpectedly melting rapidly.
In two studies published Wednesday in the journal Nature, the researchers said the glacier, also called Thwaites, while the rate of melting under most of the ice shelf is slower than previously thought, deep crevasses and “ladder” formations in the ice are melting much faster.
The research was carried out using Icefin, a four-metre, torpedo-shaped robot, making it possible to explore previously almost impossible areas to access.
The so-called Thwaites Glacier is about the size of the US state of Florida and is located in West Antarctica.